American Idol

Season 6 Episode 20

The Top 12 Perform Live

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Mar 13, 2007 on FOX
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The Top 12 Perform Live
Tonight the Top 12 finalists perform live for the nation, vying for the American Idol crown. In this special two-hour show, the contestants will sing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.

Tonight's theme is: Diana Ross songs

Performing Tonight are: Blake Lewis Brandon Rogers Chris Richardson Chris Sligh Phil Stacey Sanjaya Malakar Gina Glocksen Haley Scarnato Jordin Sparks Lakisha Jones Melinda Doolittle Stephanie Edwardsmoreless

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  • Great LaKisha, Blake, Melinda and Jordin performances. Fine example of the huge quality difference between the contestants.

    Brandon wasn't as horrible as the judges said, but there was nothing special about the performance.

    Melinda was amazing as usual, but this genre is very easy for her. I hope to see her doing something rocky.

    Chris Sligh - I think the arrangement was horrible. But he let his vocals show, something he haven't done in a while.

    Gina - Good song choice, not a bad performance. She looked nice. I'm glad the Gina fans kept her on the show.

    Sanjaya - He looked like a girl with the curly hair and . I think the song choice was pretentious. The performance was horrible, he was pitchy (unlistenable as Randy said) and his moves on the stage looked extremely awkward. Worst performance of the night.

    Haley started the song almost whispering, Her vocals sounded weak and pitchy. When she raised the volume, you could hear the melody of the song. Boring performance.

    Phil - Singing a female song again (the Diana Ross part of it), sounder weird. The vocals weren't bad, but the performance was boring at times.

    LaKisha - WOW! The best performance of the night. Great song choice, you could hear the great tone of her voice. She looked nice too, with the white gown.

    Blake - I love his voice, the arrangement wasn't really good. He looked cool and different from the all the other contestants. Very good performance overall.

    Stephanie - Didn't like the dress but she looked very beautiful overall. I love her voice. Too bad she's gonna leave soon, since people who love her also like Melinda and LaKisha, and those two have better voices.

    Chris R. - I love his voice, this performance wasn't his best, his high notes were off. I think there was too much music in the background.

    Jordin - Nice consistent vocals, she looked pretty. Good performance overall.moreless
  • Perfect: Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks Great: Stephanie Edwards Good: Blake Lewis and Chris Sligh Fair: Chris Richardson, LaKisha Jones and Gina Glocksen Mediocre: Phil Stacey and Haley Scarnato Terrible: Brandon Rmoreless

    First up for the night was Brandon Rogers doing "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes. He really did not do a good job at it. It lacked a whole lot of things besides vocals. It lacked stage presence, it lacked personality and it was really, really boring. I know Brandon has this amazing voice, but he really did not show it with his version of this song. 2/10.

    Following up Brandon is fellow former back-up singer, Melinda Doolittle. She did "Home" by Diana Ross. Now, all I can say about the performance was... amazing! That performance was one of my favorite performances by her and she has done so much great performances. Melinda just continues to improve and get better at what she does. I'd be happy to see Melinda in the finale. 10/10.

    Before a break Chris Sligh hopes to impress us with his arrangement of "Endless Love" by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie. The judges thought it was really bad, but I thought it was really good. Given that I have never heard that song before, I had no idea how much he had changed the arrangement, but I really liked what he did with the song. His vocals on the song were also outstanding though. It wasn't my favorite Chris Sligh performance, but it was one of the best. 7/10.

    Gina Glocksen came after the break and did "Love Child" by The Supremes. You could really tell that she was comfortable doing the song and that the song suited her very well. I personally thought she could have done so much more with the song than she did, but it is the first week and the nerves are getting to our contestants. I think I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. 6/10.

    Next was Sanjaya Malakar doing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross. I can only say one thing. He butchered that song so bad that Diana will never mentor for "American Idol" ever again. How could America even let him in the top 12 in the first place. Sanjaya can sing at all! Wow! That is all I can say. Simon was right, Sanjaya is brave. Brave enough to humiliate himself in front of the whole world. 1/10.

    Haley Scarnato followed with "Missing You" by Diana Ross. I have to agree with Simon that I did think the performance was fairly good. She might have forgotten her lyrics, but she showed off her vocal range and talent in that performance oh so well. I think she deserves to stay longer, and she just might be the dark horse this season. 5/10.

    Phil Stacey came after the break doing "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" by The Supremes. He can really sing. The performance was very average, but his voice was just outstanding. I never really liked Phil before, but with so few competitors left, I guess I'm really seeing the true talent of these contestants. Like Haley, Phil could also be a dark horse in this competition. 5/10.

    The lovely LaKisha Jones hopes to win our votes with "God Bless the Child" by Billie Holliday/Diana Ross. I'm a huge LaKisha fan, but the performance was just boring for me. I did not like it at all. Her vocals shined, but the performance was very mediocre for me that is all I could say. A fair performance overall. 6/10.

    Another contestant who hopes to modernize things is Blake Lewis. He chose to do "You Keep Me Hanging On" by The Supremes. I'm impressed with Blake once again, but I wanna see him for once just sing an old school classic without having the need to make it modern. It could really change how Simon looks at him. 7/10.

    Stephanie Edwards did "Love Hangover" by Diana Ross. I thought she really sounded like Beyonce when she did that one. Which for me is a really good thing. I think Stephanie can really sing and I think she did really well with the song. 8/10.

    Youthful Chris Richardson was given no choice but to do an old classic tonight and he chose "The Boss" by Diana Ross. I liked the crowd interaction, but the vocals suffered a little. No doubt he can sing, but it was not his best vocal, but compared to the other contestants, best crowd interaction. Which is very important I might add. 6/10.

    Last, but not the least Jordin Sparks. Jordin decided to wow everyone with "If We Hold On Together" by Diana Ross. Single best performance of the night. A really good way to end the show. I never thought Jordin could pull something like that off. The song was so huge and you'd think it was too big for her, but she totally pulled it off. 10/10.


    Perfect: Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks

    Superb: None

    Great: Stephanie Edwards

    Good: Blake Lewis and Chris Sligh

    Fair: Chris Richardson, LaKisha Jones and Gina Glocksen

    Mediocre: Phil Stacey and Haley Scarnato

    Poor: None

    Bad: None

    Terrible: Brandon Rogers

    Abysmal: Sanjaya Malakarmoreless
  • Bad year for American Idol

    My contention for this episode is that everyone is taking this show for granted --- voters and singers alike. Nobody has voted for the right singers. I know because everyone gets steamed really badly about "this brilliant singer who didn't make it" or "this lame singer who slid by." People, I will say this again: "Vote, Vote, VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    That being said, I sure hope the viewers at home take into consideration about this show. There are some singers (particularly the not-so-great ones) who are forgetting the lyrics. Some don't sound so great. There are very few who are doing well. One in particular strikes "star quality" into my mind. However, if people do not vote for the right singers, then they only have themselves to blame for those quality singers going home.moreless
  • Only Two Solid Performance, and Three Good Performance

    Melinda Doolittle and Lakisha definitely stole the spotlight last night. Both very good yet very different. I am loving Melinda DooLittle more and more these days. However, I wished that she would be more confident with herself. The way both of them reacted to the compliments thrown to them was completely different.

    The three good performances to me were just mediocre. First, we have Phil. Good vocals yet to me it was not all that great. Next, Gina. I was rather dissapointed in her. I am begining to wonder if she has already reached her climax already and there are no more tricks in her bag. As for Jordin, I felt it was good but not as good as Melinda and Lakisha. I dont see what was all the hype about her performace though. Those were Okay were Stephanie and Chris. They will definitely make it through to the top 11 and they have nothing to worry about. Except stephanie maybe. Considering the fact that without her voice, she is very dull, maybe she will be in the bottom 3.

    As for the rest, definitely not american idol quality. Sanjaya was boring. A complete and utter mess. Chris Sligh killed the song while Blake tried a little too hard. Haley??!! No!! You started off so nice but you forgot the lyrics. I was rooting for her. I was bummed. I hope she returns next week though. Fingers crossed.moreless
  • Top 12 performs to Diana Ross' songs.

    So, finally we have the top 12 performing to Diana Ross' songs. There were very average performances on this first installment, save for 3 memorable ones. Here is what I think of all the performances:-

    1) BRANDON ("Can't hurry love") - Good song, but he didn't show any personality. I thought he was stiff and worse of all, he forgot the lyrics coz he was too caught up in his sordid attempt at dancing. (Score: 3/10)

    2) MELINDA ("Home") - WOW! Her performance blew me away! Her vocals were fantastic and this one deserved a standing ovation from me. (Score: 10/10)

    3) CHRIS S.("Endless Love") - I didn't like his Cold Play-ish arrangement. He butchered my favourite song :(. Although vocally he's not bad, I thought the whole melody was messy. (Score: 4/10)

    4) GINA ("Love Child") - Mediocre and forgettable performance. A tad bit screaming at times. (Score: 4.5/10)

    5) SANJAYA ("Ain't no mountain high enough") - Vocally not strong enough to be in this competition. Although I must admit, this is one of his better performances as it showed some of his personality. (Score: 2.5/10)

    6) HALEY ("Missing You") - Another one who forgot the lyrics? Mediocre performance, but vocally not strong enough. (Score: 3/10)

    7) PHIL ("I'm Gonna Make You Love Me") - Much better than last week, but he needs to show more personality. Granted his vocals are pretty good, but he was just stiff. (Score: 7/10)

    8 ) LAKISHA ("God Bless The Child") - Fantastic performance and I could feel her emotions. Not my kind of song (coz it's a bit draggy), but she worked it! (Score: 9/10)

    9) BLAKE ("Keep Me Hanging On") - Didnt really like the arrangement. I thought he should concentrate more on delivering stronger vocals than on his dance moves. Just ok for me. (Score: 6/10)

    10) STEPHANIE ("Love Hang Over") - She sounds suspiciously like Beyonce. Vocally she's quite good, but her performance was just average. (Score: 7.5/10)

    11) CHRIS R.("The Boss") - I love disco! I thought he was the best of the guys, but he sounds so much like a JT wannabe. (Score: 8/10)

    12) JORDIN ("If We Hold On Together") - Fantastic vocals. Although I'd prefer to see her less subdued, she gave a movin performance and she looks fantastic! (Score: 8.5/10)

    My prediction for bottom 3 - Sanjaya, Brandon, Haley

    Who's going home - Sanjaya (crossing my fingers)moreless

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